Creating a Bible Journal changed my mornings.

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We already know that the Bible is the most powerful tool.
Creating a Bible Journal can strengthen that tool.

Creating a Bible Journal

Have you ever seen the Bible sitting there, right next to you in the morning and thought “yep, in just a minute I’m going to read you?” Only to realize that 4 hours has passed and you never picked it up.

Yes, I know! Some of you are ruthless when it comes to your morning Bible time. You all rock!

I can’t always say that about my morning routine however. I always have good intentions but occasionally something else seems to get my attention. Shame on me for allowing that to happen.

Don’t get me wrong. I do read devotionals and the Bible, but there are some mornings when my time for such a thing just vanishes.

It could be that the kids are in need of something right away or something unexpected happens. I walk away from The Book and forget to get back to it.

And yes, I have even let emails and Facebook be the culprit of stealing away my time. I know, I know! Shame on me! I’m just trying to be real here people. A real person sharing her real mishaps.

With all that being said, it did weigh heavy on my heart that I wasn’t getting enough time with God during my day. I didn’t want worldly things stealing my time. And yes, it was my fault it was happening. I was allowing it to happen. A trap I tell ya!

I have had this little pink devotional sitting with it’s other book friends in a basket near my fireplace for some time now. Honestly, I don’t even remember where I got it or when I got it. A few weeks ago our youngest son (affectionately know on the Our Thrifty Home blog as Mr. Funny Pants) picked the book up from the basket and read “Second Cup of Coffee” to me. That is the title of the devotional. I smiled at him and told him that I have been meaning to read that and could he please leave that out on the top? He did! Hooray for a young boy that followed a direction! Another miracle perhaps?


Morning Bible Journal

So, this my friends, is how this whole thing started. The little pink devotional caught my eye. Which later lead to this blog post.

Now enters the second phase to this newly found devotional time.

I have had an extra (empty) journal also lying around for some time and I wanted to use it for something but just didn’t know quite what for. I already had a personal journal that I started way back 12 years ago when my husband and I got married. (well it has been multiple journals now – not the same one) I have a homeschool journal that I have kept up for a few years, as well. My daughter and I have a Mom & Me journal that we write back and forth to each other in. So, I didn’t really know where to fit this other journal in. I mean really, what is there left to journal about? My boys want no part of a Mom & Son journal at this time in their lives. I don’t have a garden, so, no journal for that! Didn’t want to journal about my hair, or my nails, or our cat, so what’s left?

I was searching around on Pinterest and remembered seeing a Bible Journal one time. I started typing away in the search bar of Pinterest for Bible journal ideas. Oh, there where all kinds of ideas. Some that totally didn’t pertain to what I was looking for. Yet, I was getting ideas in my head for what I could do with my extra journal — turn it in to a Bible Journal.

It was all coming together; cute little pink devotional, journal that needed a use and of course, a Bible that was in need of reading more often.
moowoaaa — I have devised a  plan! 

My once empty journal had a new purpose in life. It shall open it’s pages to me and allow me to write and draw and write and draw some more. You see, I didn’t want to just write in this journal. I wanted to draw. I wanted to have more than just words on a paper. Words that I might forget in a few weeks after reading and writing them down. I should add that I love to draw and create. I am a very hands on person. Gee! I wonder where my kids get it from? (two of them at least)

I know myself! I know that if I put in the time to “create” in this journal that I would most certainly not forget to read my devotional and Bible during the day. I also know that I will retain more of The Word if I use my mind to come up with relatable pictures and words to the scripture.


Now, every morning I get up looking forward to creating my Bible Journal – coffee in hand!

I have to tell you a funny thing about this pink devotional. I’m going to share with you the full title of this paperback.

Proverbs for Today’s Woman
Jean Shaw

Here’s where the funny part comes in to play – Copyright (c) 1981

At this point, I’m calling it “Proverbs for YESTERDAY’S Woman!

All joking aside, God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. Even though this book is a bit dated, the scripture and messages are right on time.

So, the title of the devotional is very true to it’s name: It’s my SECOND CUP OF COFFEE!

How about you? Do you have something inspirational that motivates you with your Bible time? I’d love to hear about it. Drop me a comment below.


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  1. Brandy: I just love this post, I am a journal {and planner} fanatic. And I too am guilty of the email and Facebook time stealers. Thank so much for sharing your story with us.
    And linking up with #LFEO, this post will be featured this weekend 😉
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  2. Thank you, Amanda!

    Yes, there is something about pen and paper for me too. I’m glad you stopped by and enjoyed this post.
    Thank you very much for the feature. Looking forward to it.


  3. Hi Kaitlyn!
    Bible journaling has been great for me. I’m so glad you stumbled onto my blog. I started following you on Instagram. Can’t wait to check it out!

  4. I really needed this reminder for starting a Bible journal! It has been on my to-do list for quite some time. I think it would help me get so much more out of these precious moments. Your drawings are simply beautiful too!
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  5. Yes! This journal has really helped me a bunch with making my mornings more intentional and my day more meaningful. Because I take the time in the morning to read the word and create and write in my journal, it helps me to absorb the word for the entire day. Making the tough times in my day a little more manageable because I can reflect on my words and the verse from the devotional. You know how God works! He equips you with what you need to know for the day. It’s never a coincidence. Thank you for your compliment, Amy!

  6. I’ve been seeing more and more Bible journals lately. My friend has one that is neat. She just got a Bible with big margins on the side and as she meditates over a verse, she’ll doodle, underline, star etc on the page. Great way to stay focused on the verse or passage and to help commit to memory.
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  7. Thanks, Jenn! I have seen those Bible journals, too. They are really neat. I had this blank journal just sitting around and figured I’d put it to good use. I have a blast creating in my journal and looking back through it from time to time. Yes, I remember the verses and the meanings better when I can actually create and draw something that I can relate to. Thanks for stopping by, Jenn!

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